January 18th, 2012

Trial begins in Klubrádió case

A trial began at the Capital’s Court on Tuesday regarding the award of the 92.9 MHz frequency to station Klubrádió in 2010.

The station won the frequency in a bidding process before the 2010 elections based on a ruling passed by the broadcast media regulator at the time, the National Radio and Television Board (ORTT).

However, the ORTT’s legal successor the National Media and Communication Authority, formed after the 2010 elections, refused to sign a contract, arguing that Klubrádió had not given up the right to broadcast on the 95.3 frequency it had been using.

Klubrádió pledged to end transmissions on 95.3 before it started broadcasting on 92.9.

The two parties disagree as to whether a contract to broadcast on 92.9 had materialised.

Lawyer Péter Bárándy representing Klub­rádió argued that a contract was in effect as the program provider had accepted the ORTT’s contract conditions.

The Media Council argues that it had no obligation to conclude a contract. The Council reassigned Klubrádió’s frequency last month.

The trial will resume on February 28

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